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2011 Ex-Bengals (’86 Style): Carson Palmer

Mike Brown changed his mind today, dealing disgruntled QB Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders for draft picks. Does this make Mike a genius or a liar?

According to the Raiders’ Facebook page, Palmer will wear #3.

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2009 Bengals (’87 Style): Team Card

I was fast asleep during the Bengals game today (which isn’t even over, and could quickly turn into a loss instead of a win), so I don’t know if there were any spectacular plays that were overlooked by the box score. Palmer threw TD passes to Coles and Ochocinco, while Graham connected on both PATs and a field goal. As I write this, the Chiefs have the ball on their own 38 with just under 2 minutes to play.

Why the Bengals are struggling against the Chiefs I can’t say. It’s pretty sad. But in the end it is a team game. You can have the best quarterback and best wide receiver, but if you don’t have a defense to keep the other team from scoring, or you don’t have an offensive line to protect the passer, then the team loses. If everything goes well, then the team wins.

I’m just rambling now. I don’t know what else to write. Oh lookie there. The Bengals intercepted the pass. So now they just have to run down the clock, and the will win their 10th game of 2009. Sweet. Way to go, Leon Hall. It looks like you’ll be getting a card later this afternoon! (That is, if Yahoo uploads a photo of the INT before I leave for work)

2009 Bengals (’87 Style): Carson Palmer

A big day for USC grad Carson Palmer today, leading the Bengals in a 45-10 stomping of Da Bears. Palmer is my starting QB in fantasy football, so I was very happy with his performance. Unfortunately, the rest of my team stunk today, so I lost this week to a co-worker. I’m sure I’ll hear all about it tomorrow night.

We’re still looking for a winner of the big box of basketball cards. Are there particular questions you need help with? I can maybe give hints if you need it.

As promised…

… here is some scanned crap. We’ll start with an “oddball”…

Now this isn’t just the cards cut out of the box. It isn’t even an empty box with the cards preserved. It’s a never-before-opened box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese with the cards preserved. That’s right, inside that box is some 20-year old macaroni & cheese. Yum, yum.

I’ve made it through 4 boxes so far, mostly football and basketball cards. There were a couple of surprises in the football boxes…

I had no idea I possessed either of these cards. I realize that neither will pay for the college education of my children, just as Will Clark’s empty eighties promises never paid for mine. But it’s cool to have the rookie cards of a couple of the game’s current greats.

Speaking of the greats of the game, remember this guy?

Or this USC standout?

They both bombed pretty hard. I have found twelve Marinovich cards so far. I’m saving them. Because you never know, you know?

One more football card…

This is the oldest Bengals card that I own (so far). I do have at least one older football card, a 1955 Pete Pihos card. But Reggie Williams is the oldest Bengals card in my collection. That will change…perhaps as soon as this weekend. It all depends on what I find at the card show.

Now on to basketball…after going through hundreds and hundreds of cards, some severely damaged, some in pristine condition (but worthless all the same), I uncovered a few beauts.

Former Indiana University legend and current New Mexico coach Steve Alford…

Remember how big a deal Danny Ferry was? Whatever happened to him?

Surprisingly, Ferry lasted more than a decade in the NBA. Of course, he was guaranteed 10 years by the Cavs. The Spurs took him on after that contract expired, and he collected a championship with them in 2003. I had no idea.

One of my favorite players growing up, thanks to WGN, was B.J. Armstrong…

Of course, Jordan ruled the world. But I didn’t like Pippen. And the Bulls were always on TV. So I had to pick a 2nd favorite. It was down to Paxson and Armstrong, and Armstrong won out. I don’t remember what my 8th grade logic for that was.

I also stumbled upon this card…

Whaaat? Nique played for the Celtics? When did that happen? It just didn’t seem right. I flipped the card over to see what the stat lines revealed, and saw this…

Ahhhh! My eyes! It’s bad enough seeing Nique in a Boston uni, but the Clippers too? What has this world come to? I refuse to accept that this travesty ever happened, and will instead remember Dominique Wilkins forever in the way that he should be remembered…

And now for something completely different…

Alas, these are not from my childhood. The cards were produced during my childhood, but I didn’t own them until about 6 or 7 years ago when I bought them in Illinois. I got a few packs, a few doubles, but these are without a doubt the best of the bunch.

Now, for something that was from my childhood (if you consider mid-teens childhood, which as a father I am now forced to do because they’re not allowed growing up that fast)…

So there you have it. I scanned some crap and posted it.

Another trip to the Antique Mall…

This is turning into a weekly journey. Ever since I found the place, I want to go every chance I get. Today I went with one player in mind: Dave Concepcion.

To call Concepcion a “Star” is an understatement.

Even to call him an “All-Star Étoile” misses the mark, since those only play one game a year.

I would have settled for “Super Star,” but Kellogg’s said, “No, he’s more than that! He’s a 3-D Super Star!” Honestly, why this guy is not in the Hall of Fame baffles me. He ruled the shortstop position until Ozzie Smith arrived, and though he didn’t do any somersaults, I would pick Davey over the Wizard any day of the week.

What surprised me was that he came out of retirement in 2004 to play in the Red Sox/Cardinals World Series. I’m not sure which team he played for, though, because they let him wear his old Cincinnati uniform. Sadly, I was not following baseball in 2004 so I had no idea this was going on.

Of course, I didn’t stop at Concepcion. I also picked up a 1962 Cincy shortstop…

A few 1983 Topps Reds stickers…

And…

Wait for it…

Oh yeah, baby…a 1963 Rookie Stars featuring the Reds legends…

Sammy Ellis and Jesse Gonder. What, you were expecting someone else?

In addition to these, I got a few packs of randomness, out of which I pulled this oddball Sandberg…

It’s not a Baseball Cards Magazine card like I expected. There is no manufacturer info at all on the back, just Ryno’s 1986-1990 stats. But wait, there’s more! I also got this extremely oddball Bo Jackson…

The flipside actually has another photo of Bo. Again, no manufacturer details, so no telling where this card came from. Maybe Bo knows?

And finally, I took a trip down to the actually baseball card shop as well and picked up a few more packs of 1992 NFL Game Day. I don’t know why I am drawn to these cards. Maybe it’s the 50-cent price tag.

Out of these packs, I got a radio host and a kitchen appliance…

A couple of great 1980’s quarterbacks…

And a couple of highly touted youngsters who never lived up to their potential…

I remember how everyone made a big deal about Dan McGwire, little brother of Mark, but he never really made a mark on the league, did he? And Klingler, of course, was the first in a long line of terrible Bengals QBs. I don’t blame Klingler for his poor play in Cincinnati; I blame the Bengals for throwing everything on one young man’s shoulders and giving him no support whatsoever. Like they did with Akili Smith. And Jeff Blake. And Carson Palmer. Although Palmer has handled it admirably so far. So…far….

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